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Metrolink Station artwork funded by federal stimulus dollars

7:40 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

Wellston, MO (KSDK) - Our Metro system is getting a makeover thanks to federal stimulus funds. The first of 10 new art works at stations across the St. Louis area is now in place.

What's called "Everyone Appreciates a Punctual Train" was unveiled at the Wellston MetroLink station Wednesday morning and depicts ten birds and one squirrel staring intently at a bronze clock. The artist is Mary Lucking, and she is well-known for her work in open outdoor spaces nationwide.

According to Metro officials, 100 percent of the funding for this piece came from a Federal Transit Administration grant, also known as stimulus money, which, of course, was created to help boost the economy.

"In order for us to run the system, we have to attract federal funds," explained John Nations, who is the president and CEO of Metro Transit. "That relieves the burden on the local taxpayer. In order to attract the federal funds, we must comply with the federal requirements and one of the federal requirements says that a portion of those funds has to be devoted to enhancements, which is what this project is about."

Some of the other Metro stations to see such projects over the next few years include those at the stadium, Union Station, out at Lambert Airport and in the Central West End.

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